Digital Transformation - Engage customers through social

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Digital Transformation - Engage customers through social
www.pwc.co.uk/digitaltransformation
Engage customers
through social media
Digital transformation
The world’s top brands
are using social media
as a meaningful way of
deepening relationships
with their customers. Is it
now time for your business
to join in?
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500,000,000
The number of global users Facebook
reports they have registered.
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Table of contents
What’s going on?
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How big is social media? 6
• It’s bigger than you think
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• Popular platforms
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What are the leaders doing?
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• Social media and financial services
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What makes social media different?
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• Case study
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Why should you care? 12
What are the implications for your business?
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• How to balance security and social networking
How can you get started?
• Tools you can use to start listening
Contact us
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Questions to consider as you read this document
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Who manages your social media strategy?
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Do you know what your customers are saying about you
on Facebook? What about on Twitter? LinkedIn?
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Do your employees know what they’re allowed to say
(and not say) about your business when they are online?
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Do you know how to sustain a meaningful conversation
with your customers?
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How will you create content that people will find valuable
and engaging?
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What’s going on?
When Facebook announced last
summer that it had registered half
a billion users around the globe, it
resulted in a flurry of publicity and
commentary. The media excitement
grew exponentially this January when
Goldman Sachs invested $450 million
in the social networking site – and
valued it at a jaw-dropping $50 billion.
It is clear that social networking has
become one of the dominant cultural
phenomena in these digital times.
The rapidity of this rise to prominence
in everyday life for so many people, as
well as its global impact, is remarkable.
What had appeared to be simply
another Western teenage fad was, in
fact, being embraced by many different
societies and groups of people around
the world.
Might this 500 million-user milestone
and $50 billion valuation be the
warning shot for organisations that
had previously considered social media
an irrelevance? Is it now time for all
businesses to start thinking about its
potential impact?
As you might expect, the picture social
brand indexing paints is one of rapid,
dynamic change. Top brands swap
places, often many times a day. What
is also interesting to see is the gap
between the leading global brands that
have developed a strategy and those
that remain uncertain about what the
social media phenomenon means for
them.
In the rest of this article we explain
what social media is and how it differs
from, and is similar to, traditional
marketing and communication media.
We look at some of the reasons the
leaders are successful and what lessons
they may offer. We also explore the
potential value of social media for
business and most importantly, how to
get started and successfully grow in this
dynamic, burgeoning marketplace.
A number of leading organisations have
already recognised the importance of
engaging their customers through social
media. Firms such as BMW, Coca-Cola
and Starbucks have been using YouTube,
Facebook, Twitter and other social
media mechanisms to grow awareness
of their brand and products and to build
customer loyalty.
It’s not surprising, then, to see these
same organisations and other early
adopters feature prominently in social
brand indexing services provided by
such companies as Vitrue, Vivaldi
Partners and Techlightenment (due this
month).
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How big is social media?
500,000,000
The number of global users Facebook
reports they have registered.
It’s bigger than
you think.
The speed, breadth, depth
and scope of social media
penetration is astonishing. It
took 13 years for television
to reach a worldwide
audience of 50 million. It
took Facebook three years;
and just another four years
to reach over half a billion
users worldwide.
Social media
advertising
spend will
increase 400%
by the year 2014.
– Forrester
The average UK
user spent nearly
an entire 24 hour
day on the internet
in April 2010.
One out of every five
minutes online is spent on
social media related sites.
– Nielsen
– ‘The Connected
Kingdom’
Google UK, BCG
Popular platforms
To understand the social media
movement it’s necessary to understand
the most popular platforms for user
engagement and how they differ.
Facebook
LinkedIn
Twitter
Launched in 2004, by July 2010 it reached
the 500 million-user mark – doubling the
user base in a year. It is the most widely used
social network globally. As the name suggests
Facebook’s initial purpose was to facilitate the
sharing of photographs amongst friends. It
has since expanded into a platform for social
networking, and provides blogging, realtime chat, application development, sharing,
gaming and polling functionality. Facebook
has now overtaken Google as the most visited
site in the world and is a major platform for
communicating with customers.
Launched in 2003 LinkedIn is often considered
the professional face of social networking. It
has 80 million registered users and primarily
provides ‘address book’ style functionality
for business users. It is, however, also used
as a site to post job opportunities and for job
seekers to apply for them. Over the last few
years LinkedIn has added a number of new
Facebook-like features such as status updates,
groups, company ‘following,’ LinkedIn Answers
and LinkedIn polls to increase the usage of the
platform.
Launched in 2006, Twitter provided a similar
‘microblogging’ service to Facebook’s status
updates in allowing users to create ‘tweets’
of 140 characters or less. These tweets are
available to all users of Twitter and users can
subscribe or ‘follow’ a particular user’s Twitter
feed. A number of celebrities have taken to
tweeting and are being followed by their fan
base (Lady Gaga currently has 7.1m followers).
The growth in tweets has been astounding,
going from 60,000 a day in March 2007 to 95
million tweets a day in September 2010.
Orkut
YouTube
Launched in 2004 by Google, Orkut initially
had a fast take up in the United States. Today,
however its primary user base is in Brazil and
India, where 90% of its users reside. Unlike
Facebook, Orkut allows any user profile to be
visible by any other user, rather than the need
to ‘friend’ someone.
Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows
people to search for, watch and share videos.
It also provides a forum for people to comment
and interact around its content. YouTube
reports more than 2 billion views per day
from around the world, with 24 hours of
video uploaded every minute, and a broad
demographic (18-54 year-olds) commenting
on more than 50% of the content.
51.com, renren.com,
QQ, kaixin001.com
A number of Chinese social networking sites
are popular within China, with incredible
user statistics for a single country. 51.com
has over 160 million users, with over 38.5
million logging in each month. The lack of
accessibility to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
has potentially driven this growth.
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What are the
leaders doing?
There are number of companies
leading the way with social media
initiatives that achieve positive results
in customer engagement.
These businesses have either
deliberately or organically invested in
platforms that are aligned with their
strategies and assets. Brands with a
great deal of media content (such as
Disney and BMW) tend to invest in
YouTube more than those for whom
community and functionality are
paramount (such as Starbucks and
Coca-Cola).
Facebook is, in almost every case, the
platform that attracts the greatest
investment, while Twitter is a close
second (and in some industries, first;
65% of financial services firms use
Twitter).
Regardless of the platform focus,
putting user value before network
value – that is, creating an experience
that begins with user needs rather than
business needs – is the key to a social
media effort that is vibrant and active
rather than barren and stale.
A word about social media
and financial services
According to Datamonitor’s ‘Social Media in Financial
Services’ study, about a third of consumers globally are using
online resources to get financial advice in the form of price
comparisons, calculators, blogs and online reviews.
This data was collected in a 2009 survey and excluded Japan,
France and Spain at that time, but social media has continued
to grow as a viable channel since then – bolstered by consumers’
preference for peer recommendations over traditional marketing
propositions.
This means that the power of the messaging about financial
services has shifted to the customers, who have a multitude of
ways to express their opinions about products and services.
According to a Forrester report from September 2010 (‘Social
Media Marketing for Financial Services’) most financial services
firms have at least partially explored social media, but haven’t
fully embraced it in the manner that American Express and
USAA have.
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Anthony van der Hoek, Director of Strategy and Business Solutions at a Coca-Cola
Company global team, puts it this way:
It takes years, not weeks, to embed consumer conversations
in an organisation. Companies need to address this now or it
will be a huge challenge to catch up.
– ‘How Consumer Conversations Will Transform Business’, a PwC1 Publication.
Starbucks
USAA
Starbucks are actively engaging in
social media and are talking with
their customers through a number of
different channels. With their 700,000
followers on Twitter they are answering
questions, retweeting what people are
saying about the brand and engaging in
real conversations. To their 18 million
Facebook fans they upload content
to their fan page but also engage
with their customers by allowing
management of the customer’s
Starbucks card (e.g. checking balance,
reloading) and even allowing users to
upload credit to other customers’ cards.
One of the pioneers of direct
marketing, United Services Automobile
Association (USAA), conducts most
of its business over the Internet or
telephone. It currently maintains a fan
page on Facebook with over 122,000
fans. This page offers USAA products
and services, an eligibility application,
and useful tips. You can also access and
manage a USAA account directly on
Facebook through a built-in application
with enhanced security.
Coca-Cola
We believe that financial services
firms can create fervent customers
by using social media to have
meaningful conversations with
their clientele. They can then use
that dialogue to inform and drive
their offerings and propositions.
That said, any such
strategy will require
careful planning, as
well as knowledgeable
guidance from regulators
and compliance officers.
As a traditional top 5 brand Coca-Cola
would be expected to have a strong
presence in social media, and with
nearly 20 million fans it is one of the
most popular in the world. The page
was originally created by fans and
then adopted by Coca-Cola and used
to create the official site. Although on
first look it seems a normal fan page,
Coca-Cola have engaged customers by
allowing user generated content on the
site including photos and posts. CocaCola has also embedded social media
within the organisation and last year
launched their social media strategy.
This includes ensuring that ‘Certified
Online Spokespeople’ complete a
certification programme prior to
representing the company online and
encourages every employee to engage
in social media and report both positive
and negative comments.
American Express
American Express’ OPEN Forum is a site
which gives member small businesses
the tools to communicate and
collaborate. The Connectodex™ links
member businesses seeking services to
those supplying services; filterable by
industry, geography and size. The Idea
Hub offers insights and perspectives
from small business experts, in an
environment that encourages feedback
and interaction, while articles, videos,
discussion boards and event listings
highlight case studies and areas of
interest to the member community.
ITV Live
The new interactive ITV portal
combines the strengths of online TV
streaming with the popularity of social
networks. Users can engage in live
chat and discuss their favourite shows
in real time, using their Facebook
credentials. According to ITV, the
application is the perfect dual-screen
companion to ITV Shows. Launched
during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, ITV
Live achieved two million users within
four weeks by providing additional
incentives such as direct chat with
celebrities, factoids, etc.
”PwC” refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (a limited liability partnership in the United
Kingdom), which is a member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, each
member firm of which is a separate legal entity
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What makes social media
different from other ways of
engaging with customers?
Traditional marketing channels
broadcast in one direction and are
usually only targeted in a general way.
Social media, when done well, creates
dialogue with a very specific and large
audience – one person at a time.
Social media also runs across all other
channels – whether web, mobile,
phone or physical stores. This is a
highly connected community where
the most unlikely contributors
can be celebrities and other social
influencers. Customers don’t have to
come to you anymore. Your customers
take their social media applications
with them wherever they go, whether
it’s to your store, on the phone to your
call centre, linked to your website or
on their Xbox.
In order to truly exploit the power
of social media for your business,
you need to understand how this
new channel differs from the more
traditional channels.
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How a major airline is using social media to
offset rising fuel prices and operational costs
Faced with rising fuel prices, one of the
world’s largest airlines sought to identify
online opportunities to increase revenues
and help counter higher operational
costs. They were also interested in
setting up a consolidated vision for their
marketing initiatives, which had been
languishing in harsh economic times.
Working with us to establish an
appropriate social media strategy and
vision, the airline set up meaningful ways
for customers to connect and contribute
content around the brand.
You have no control (or at
least only a little)
One of the major trends that social
media is accelerating is the shift of
control from companies to customers
and their social communities. Whether
a company chooses to have a social
media strategy or not, the reality is
your customers are already engaging in
social media and are talking about your
company.
This social solution includes not only
elements of the company’s website, but
also partner sites (for cross-sell) and, of
course, social media mainstays such as
Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
As of January, the airline reported three
million visitors to its online blog, about
a million Twitter followers, and another
million Facebook fans. Furthermore,
Nielsen/Netratings rated it as the largest
airline site in terms of unique visitors.
Further, the airline has used this
opportunity to increase collaboration
internally as well, and makes sure it’s
media team employees are well prepared
to address questions and issues through
these channels.
These social media assets will continue to
pay long-term economic dividends to the
company.
The airline is now able to directly connect
all of its customers to its employees
messages and also the thoughts of
influencers such as avid travel bloggers
and fans of the brand.
It’s a conversation
Traditional broadcast methods of
disseminating messaging are being
circumvented by emerging social
media channels. In an era when
more and more customers are basing
their purchasing decisions on peer
interaction, the role of advertising,
branding, marketing, PR and other
traditional means of communications
need to be re-evaluated.
The expectations of those who
engage in social networks are that the
communication will be two-way; in
other words, it will be a conversation.
Authenticity, transparency and honesty
are mandatory characteristics of this
conversation and their absence has
the potential to cause great harm.
Attempts to use social media networks
as vehicles for glib PR or marketing
invariably backfire. Those in your
organisation tasked with engaging
with customers via social media (i.e.
everyone) must be empowered to
speak openly and genuinely (but make
sure you remember to put in place the
policies and procedures to manage
the interaction – see the Information
Security section on page 15 of this
document).
Acknowledge that you are no longer in
control of your business’ message. Go
to your customers’ social sites, listen to
their discussions, respond and provide
the customised, value-adding content
that they want.
Listening, rather than broadcasting
marketing messages, is not something
that comes naturally to most
businesses; but if you want to harness
the power of social networks, it’s a
necessary first step.
It gives your customers
a job
The ability to co-create content, service
offerings or even products – with
customers, employees or business
partners – offers huge potential for
business. You don’t need to be the
one to do the research or create the
innovation in order to benefit from it,
as long as the ideas are freely given, of
course.
And you’d be surprised at how willing
people are to freely give their ideas
when given a platform for sharing and
incentive for doing so. In the UK, Direct
Line has received great engagement
from customers, who have actively
shared their ideas on Facebook for
the development of Direct Line’s new
iPhone app.
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Why should you care?
(Here are five good reasons.)
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If you knew that members of your
target customer segments spent time
in a particular place, wouldn’t it make
sense to set up a store front there - or
at least post an advert there? Half of
the 29 million Facebook subscribers in
the UK check their page at least once a
day. Are you there? If you aren’t, do you
have a good reason not to be?
It’s not a question of whether they’re
talking about you, it’s a question of
whether you’re paying attention and
participating. What you might think
of as a potential threat to your brand,
may actually be an opportunity to
build loyalty and advocacy among your
customers and employees.
It’s where your
customers are
gathering
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Conversations about your
business are happening –
with or without you
US online shoes and clothing retailer
Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh believes that
these new channels give everyone a
voice and what they say can reach
millions. Zappos’ staff are encouraged
to use Twitter to engage with customers
and to treat every customer interaction
as an opportunity to create loyalty – not
necessarily to make a sale. The value of
this ‘earned’ PR is difficult to estimate,
but Zappos’ success is not; sales have
grown from $1.6 million in 2000 to $1
billion in 2008.
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According to Forrester, more than 33%
of European online consumers evaluate
and compare the things they want
to buy based on what their peers are
saying on social platforms – not based
on the messages they receive from
your business. Offering mechanisms
for your customers to connect with
each other to facilitate evaluation, and
then participating actively in those
conversations, can put you back in the
loop. This will give you some influence
on purchasing decisions and create
customer loyalty.
Social media offers the potential
of highly personalised, one-to-one
interactions with your customers, and
leads to much better interaction rates
than traditional marketing efforts
deliver.
For a surprising breadth of demographic
segments, engagement via social
media can be the most effective way of
moving customers up the value chain
from initial awareness to passionate
evangelism. According to a report by
Chadwick, Martin & Bailey, 67% of
social media users are more likely to buy
a brand they follow on Twitter, while
79% are more likely to recommend a
brand they follow on Twitter.
Your brand
is being
circumvented
It’s the world’s
largest focus
group
If what you’re selling is not meeting
customer needs or expectations, there
is no better way to become immediately
aware of the shortcomings. It also
expedites customer input into the
product development cycle. Build the
platform, give your customers a reason
to participate, and then listen to what
they say. This sounds easier than it is,
because social media is very different to
other engagement channels.
It can be the most
effective way to reach
your customers
Techlightenment reports that, compared
to a generic display ad, a micro-targeted
social media message (to a more
specifically chosen audience) will attract
2-4 times the responses. The idea is to
create many smaller placements and
have each visible only to the people most
likely to interact with it.
Taking it a level deeper,
Techlightenment reports that responses
to ‘micro-messaging’ – that is, with the
text carefully crafted to be specifically
meaningful to the chosen target
audience – yields a 5x to 10x increase
in responses. Increases of this
magnitude clearly justify an investment
in the channel, but it’s not the only
reason to participate.
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US bank Citi is looking
to hire an attorney to
provide legal oversight
for its social media
activities.
– finextra
The people in charge of talking are in the marketing
department. The people in charge of listening are
in the research or service or sales department. They
hardly ever talk to each other, let alone have fullduplex conversations with customers.
– Josh Bernoff, ‘Why Marketers Have Trouble With Full-duplex
Social Technology,’ June 30, 2009
What are the implications of all
this for your business?
The impact of social media You’ll need a deliberate
will challenge your brand engagement strategy
Although social media changes the
and be felt throughout
way in which an organisation interacts
with customers, the essentials of
your organisation. In
business are still true: create a product
order to respond and
or service, make people aware of it,
adapt, changes will need
encourage them to buy it, maintain
good relationship so that they are
to take place, from process ainclined
to recommend you and buy
and policy, to broad
more from you. In doing this, you
remain efficient and cost effective
organisational change.
throughout to maximise profit.
You must assess the impact and
opportunity presented by social media
on your business model, understand
how your customers and potential
customers are using this medium and
visualise how you could use social
media to build relationships.
If your brand attributes are not
understood well enough to allow
an authentic conversation with
your customers and you don’t have
something of value to say to them, in all
likelihood you will be ignored.
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Marketing, sales and
service will change...
for the better
Marketing, sales and services functions
are most affected by the onset of social
media and also have the most to gain. In
an era when more and more customers
are basing their purchasing decisions on
peer interaction, the role of advertising,
branding, marketing, PR and other
traditional means of communications
need to be re-evaluated.
Spend on marketing online in the UK
now exceeds that of TV and although
to date the majority of that spend is on
search engine optimisation (e.g. Google
advertising) and banner advertising,
companies are turning to social media
sites such as Facebook because of the
level of ‘micro targeting’ that is possible.
Many people travel in packs and many
come together for important life events.
Customers are using social media as a
way of connecting to communities with
common interests and needs.
Positioning products and services
to these target communities allows
companies to effectively position key
messages to the right type of customer
at their ‘moment of need’. As the old
saying goes, it’s only junk mail if the
customer doesn’t want it.
A balanced approach to information security
There is no stopping the two-way
flow of information that social media
enables. We believe that businesses
should adopt a strategy to safeguard
their corporate networks and data
focusing on three aspects: processes,
people and technology.
This remains a complex issue. Technical
defence is vital to protect against
negligent and malicious acts. However
there is also a human element;
negligence, ignorance or even curiosity
can give rise to incidents.
You will need to involve
your people and examine
your culture
Given the need to be authentic
and transparent when conducting
conversations via social media, it is
important that all messages fit with the
public brand ‘face’ of your business. In
fact, your online presence will already
have begun to implicitly define your
business values to your customers,
social media takes this exposure of
corporate culture and brand values to
another level of transparency.
One of the biggest challenges of
using social media is the level of
empowerment it implicitly requires of
your staff. If they are communicating
with your customers directly via
Twitter, a level of trust and confidence
is required that many organisations
would currently struggle to envisage.
Some businesses are simply not ready
to go down the path of a people change
programme that fully embracing social
media implies. Others are hindered
by multiple, potentially conflicting,
internal cultures that reduce the
effectiveness of using this as a publicfacing medium.
What is required is a programme
designed to raise security awareness
and influence the behaviours of all
those concerned, and balanced against
continued investment in technology
and processes. It is also essential
that you classify data so that your
employees understand precisely what
is, and is not, sensitive information.
This policy should define who is
authorised to access and share
corporate content, and it should lay out
procedures that specify how employees
may use sensitive data. Policy, too,
must delineate the types of social
media accounts that the company
sponsors.
However, adopting social networks
inside the organisation presents great
opportunities for internal knowledge
sharing, productivity growth and
improvements to team-working and
morale.
The structure of your
organisation will need to
evolve to accommodate
conversations
The question of who owns the customer
is even more relevant with the onset of
social media. Now added to that is the
question of who owns the conversation.
Social media will create conversations
with customers that cut across product
lines, sales, service and marketing
boundaries and therefore organisations
need to look beyond the silo structures.
A number of organisations are now
looking to recruit heads of social
media to define strategy, direction and
messaging but this then needs to be
embedded across the organisation.
All employees must know that the
company’s accounts are separate and
very different from their personal
accounts. The boundaries of proper use
of social media can be ambiguous as
the line blurs between work and private
life. But your social networking policy
must not be.
Business should also consider security
products or services that actively scan
and monitor traffic for malware, data
leakage and other suspicious activity.
Possible solutions include multilayered security at the gateway and end
points, content classification, content
filtering and data loss prevention.
Identifying the right mix of these tools
can be daunting because of how rapidly
technology is evolving.
You will need to organise,
manage and secure new
sources of content
Whether we’re talking about customers,
banks, insurers, credit unions,
communities or super users, everyone
is creating content now.
Companies are facing the same
challenges that entertainment firms
are grappling with: how to create,
produce, place and keep the content
for easy dispersal and retention. These
days you may have branded content
anywhere, whether it’s a YouTube video
here, a videoblog there or apps all over
the place. Keeping it safe, secure and
accessible is critical. The strategic use
of video blogs, blogs and communities
can help companies repeat their key
messages through multiple channels.
For example, a video on retirement
planning can be leveraged on a website,
a retirement blog and retirement
communities.
In an era of abundant access and scarce
attention, content is (still) king, but
managing that content has become a
lot more complicated.
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How can you
get started ...
Start by listening
You need to have a
If you do nothing else, listen! Any
strategy. As we have
social media initiative should begin seen, social media offers
by listening to what your customers
tremendous opportunities are already saying about you on social
channels. Fortunately, it’s never been
for firms to engage with
easier to capture this information.
their customers and drive Online tools provide terrific
opportunities to gain deep insight
real business benefits, but into what your customers think, want,
need, and expect, making it possible
that engagement has to
to directly access actual behaviour,
be earned. But where do
likes and needs. Analytical listening
dashboards can provide an overview
you begin?
of your position in the marketplace
and provide drill downs to individual
tweets, Facebook updates, message
board comments and blog posts. This
offers a potentially unparalleled level
of insight into your brand and your
customers’ perspectives on it.
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Start small
You don’t have to get everything
‘complete’ at the beginning. Whilst
it’s important to get the basics right
(avoiding the obvious pitfalls), it is
just as important to learn and iterate
quickly. Honesty and transparency will
help to build your customers’ trust, so
that when mistakes do get made, you
are more likely to get the chance to
redeem yourself!
Deliver on your brand
values
It’s not enough to just be out there.
Your activities within the social media
space need to be appropriate to your
brand. Engaging through social media
places an onus on brand integrity and
authenticity; many firms will need
to reassess and understand their key
brand attributes in order to participate
effectively. A strategy is required that
fully considers the appropriate use
of different social media channels
to match your brand attributes and
properly reflects the value your brand
delivers for your customers. This is
a prerequisite for web designs, web
applications and content provision.
These tools can give you an idea of what’s being said
about you out there, and by whom:
RSS Feed aggregators:
Tracking and listening sites:
Engagement and visualisation:
Google reader
SocialMention.com
MentionMap
NetNewsWire
Tweetgrid.com
Tweepskey
FeedDemon
WorkStreamer.com
Klout
Rockmelt (browser)
Peerindex
... and keep momentum?
Create value for your
customers
It’s not realistic to think that your
customers will participate in a
community if it offers no obvious and
immediate benefit to them. Sometimes
called the ‘Del.icio.us Lesson’ (after
Joshua Porter’s 2006 essay (http://
bokardo.com/archives/the-deliciouslesson/), this principle states simply
that the value to those in the network
must precede the value to the network.
Think about what assets you have
that your customers might find useful,
and allow access to this resource - it
could be data, it could be connectivity
to others in the network, it could be
an opportunity to share - without
preconditions (registration, payment
or subscription). Soon you’ll find
community activity springing up
around this ‘social object.’ Interestingly,
one of the main reasons customers site
for ‘friending’ a corporate Facebook
page is to get access to special offers
and sales discounts.
Facilitate sharing
Social media may be a low cost way to
communicate and engage with your
customers, but it takes effort to make
it work. Organise discussion forums,
chats and Q&A sections on their media
channels, to make it easy for customers
to share their views and provide
feedback (hopefully good as well as
bad) about your products and services.
Make the case
Undertaking a social media initiative
is no different from any other business
undertaking, in that it’s essential to be
able to articulate a compelling case and
demonstrate business benefit. Often the
benefits are of the ‘softer’ kind: brand
building, awareness and advocacy;
but it’s still possible to calculate ROI
through qualitative and quantitative
customer feedback and increasingly
through end-to-end tracking of social
media campaigns.
Keep it exciting
To attract customers, you need to
find ways of making your social
media channel interesting and
exciting. For example, use videos and
photographs effectively to deliver
interesting facts about products and
services, provide tips on use and show
real customer highlight clips. Use
competitions, games and blogs to get
people interacting with your social
site; consider providing additional,
unique services to customers through
social media channels. For example,
Starbucks allows its customer to
manage their Starbucks cards on
Facebook.
Make it relevant
Having nothing relevant to say is a big
turn off for consumers. To maintain
customer interest and a steady supply
of repeat visits, your social media
channels must be updated frequently
with the latest breaking news, content
and features. This means a social
media team should be established to
manage social communications and
content. Customers’ feedback and
questions about the company products
and services must be answered quickly
if the site is not to suffer negative
feedback or the ignominy of being
ignored by consumers.
Keep it accurate
Customers want to know correct
information about the company
in which they are interested. Keep
the information posted about your
company products, activities and
promotions accurate and up to date
if you want people to visit. You will
need to develop a social media policy,
with a risk and control assessment, in
order to manage the accuracy of the
information posted on your social sites
by your company and to respond to the
information (hopefully) posted there
by your customers.
Keep listening!
If something negative occurs, you’ll be
well-positioned to respond quickly and
meaningfully.
More importantly, you will now have
real-time access to behaviour and
dialogue that can greatly enhance
your current understanding of your
customers, as well as the ability to track
the benefits to your business.
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Acknowledgements
Tony Moreno
Sean Mahdi
Gorham Palmer
Steven Gough
Debbie Dimoff
William Beer
Anh Pham
Peter Molker
Matt Partovi
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